Eagles' Bennett: Anthem protests no longer about gestures
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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett isn't a fan of the NFL's new anthem policy, but believes players should prioritize raising awareness off the field.

Appearing at a book signing in Seattle Monday night, Bennett reiterated that his decision to sit during the national anthem "was never about the flag," according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, but rather about "every issue you could think about that people were going through."

"It isn't so much about the gesture anymore," Bennett told Condotta. "We don't have to take a knee. We just have to work in our communities."

Related- NFLPA highlights community efforts by players amid anthem debate

Bennett, entering his first season with the Eagles, plans on continuing his charitable work long after his NFL career. He believes the focus should now be on what the players can do to combat social issues in their everyday lives, rather than protest during the national anthem.

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